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ABC’s of Prayer

Aug 17th, 2010 by Other | 0

ABC’s of Prayer

Do our prayers make a difference? Does it matter to God – or to the world – if we pray? The Bible from genesis to Revelation, shouts the answer, “Yes!” And yet the Bible also gives us a picture of an almighty, sovereign God who can and will do what He wants but who has chosen to limit Himself to work through weak, frail humans. The truth is that our prayers can make a difference; the God of the universe wants us to participate with Him to fulfill His plan of redemption in the earth.

The ABC’s of Prayer is a collection of twenty-six principles of prayer, principles which line up with Scripture and have proven to be true in everyday experience. They are simple and easily remembered. However, we believe God can use them as teaching tools to effect powerful prayer for the establishment of His Kingdom on the earth.

Ask God to change your heart and fill you with His compassion

Lam. 3:22; Mark 1:41

Be natural. Talk to Jesus in everyday language, perhaps over a cup of coffee. He is our friend and counselor.

Matt 6:7; John 15:15

Choose to pray. Make prayer a vital part of your life.

Mark 1:35; 6:46

Discover who God is, what He promises He will be in given situations. God is our strength. God is a very present help in time of trouble. God will never leave nor forsake us.

Ps. 118:14; Isa. 12:2

Expect God to act. Intercession initiated by the Holy Spirit always calls for action on God’s part.

Ps. 65:5; Jer. 33:3

Forgive and let go of feelings of resentment, anger, and hurt. Unforgiveness closes us off from receiving answers to our prayers.

Matt. 6:14-15

Give God all glory for answered prayer.

Dan. 2:20; Matt. 6:13 (KJV)

Help yourself. Take generously from the Word of God. A good starting place is to pray selections from the Psalms and raise your voice in praise with the psalmist.


Intercede as the Holy Spirit brings people or situations to your mind-whenever, wherever.

Eph. 6:18; Rom. 8:26, 27

Jump in! Approach God boldly with the problem in the authority of Jesus’ name.

Eph. 3:12; 1 John 5:14, 15 (TAB)

Kick the guilt. Accept God’s forgiveness. Let yourself off the hook. Guilt is a trap that brings condemnation and closes us to God; conviction comes from the Holy Spirit and offers a way of release.

1 John 1:9; 3:20 (TAB)

Listen to Jesus’ voice. We allow ourselves to become more accustomed to hearing the accusing voice of Satan (he never reminds us we’re cleansed and forgiven!) than the comforting, encouraging voice of Jesus. Satan’s lies can cause us to feel unworthy of going to God in prayer.

Matt. 11:28-30; John 10:27

Marvel at the provisions in His name!

EL suggests power/authority

EL SHADDAI: strength, stability, permanence; God is enough; His grace is sufficient (Gen. 17:1-8)

EL ELYON: Supreme being, most high (Gen. 14:18)

EL OLAM: the everlasting one, same yesterday, today, and forever, unchanging (Ps. 90:1, 2; Isa. 26:4)

ELOHIM: creative and governing power (Gen. 1:1)

JEHOVAH: eternal, self-existent (Ex. 6:1-3)

JEHOVAH-JIREH: the Lord will provide (Gen. 22:1-18)

JEHOVAH-ROPHE: the Lord who heals (Ex. 15:22-27)

JEHOVAH-NISSI: the Lord is my banner, victor (Ex. 17:9-15)

JEHOVAH-M’KADDESH: the Lord which sanctifies you (Lev. 20:1-8)

JEHOVAH-SHALOM: the Lord our peace (Judg. 6:1-24)

JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU: the Lord our righteousness (Jer. 23:1-6)

JEHOVAH-ROHI: the Lord our shepherd (Ps. 23:1-6)

JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH: the Lord is there (Ezek. 48:29-35)

EMMANUEL: God with us (Matt. 1:23)

ADONAI: The sovereign one (Ex. 23:17; Isa. 10:16)

Nourish your relationship with the Lord. Prize it, give expression to your thoughts and feelings as you would to a close and dear friend.

Ps. 37:4; John 15:15

Outwit the enemy; agree with the Word of God. Say to Satan, “It is written…”

Luke 4:1-14; Eph. 6:17

Persist in prayer. Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking.

Luke 11:9-13; 18:1-8 (TAB)

Quiet your fearful heart. Be still and know that He is God. Often we tend to trust more in our fears than in God.

Ps. 46:10, 2 Tim. 1:7 (TAB)

Rejoice because of who He is. Delight yourself in Him.

Ps. 37:4; Phil. 4:4

Sing to the Lord. Sing to the barren places in your life. Sing for fruitfulness out of the barrenness. Call forth what is not as though it were.

Isa. 4:1; Rom. 4:17 (TAB)

Trust Him. He cares for you. His character is trustworthy.

Prov. 3:5, 6:2; Thes. 3:3

Use your prayer language.

Rom. 8:26-28; 1 Cor. 14:14, 15

Value the moment.Voice your prayers in the utility room, as you wash dishes, in the marketplace, in the car, etc. Pray without ceasing.

1 Thes. 5:17, 18

Watch and pray. Be vigilant and observant. Guard and protect the lives of those around you. Wrench them from the hands of the enemy.

Col. 4:2; Jude 22,23

X-out wrong beliefs. Wrong beliefs about ourselves and God hinder our desire and ability to pray.

John 8:32

Yield to God. Ask Him how He wants you to pray in a given situation. Then agree with Him.

1 John 5:14, 15 

Zero in on specifics. Be explicit with your requests.

Phil. 4:6

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